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E.L. ‘Matt’ Mathews Jr., 96, served on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners for 8 years

E.L. 'Matt' Mathews Jr.
E.L. ‘Matt’ Mathews Jr.

E.L. “Matt” Mathews Jr., 96, beloved husband and father, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at Davis Community Cambridge Rehab, Wilmington.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty Louise Mathews, two daughters, Beth DurJava of Wilmington and Barbara McClelland of Merced, California; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and six nieces and three nephews.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, son of the late E.L. Mathews and Margaret Inez Proctor. He was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

E.L. served in the U.S. Army during World War II in France and Germany as a platoon leader combat engineer. E.L. continued his services in the U.S. Army and retired with rank of major. He attended North Carolina State prior to his enlistment and continued his education at Wilmington College (UNCW) after the war.

He and his wife have been members of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 40 years.

He worked with his father in insurance and real estate in Wilmington prior to moving to Florida and Texas. He was a sales representative in the photographic industry until retirement and returned home to Wilmington in the early 1980s. Matt served on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners for eight years. He also served on the New Hanover County Airport Authority for eight years and 18 years as a member of the board of directors at Cornelius Nixon Davis Health Care Center. He was also a member of the Salvation Army, Military Officer Association, American Legion Post 10 and the 21 Club. His life embodied compassion and serving the needs of others. He enjoyed sailing, woodworking, flying and storytelling.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Trinity United Method Church for their prayers and support. We also want to thank Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for their compassionate support.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Cape Fear, 222 South 3rd St., Wilmington NC 28401; or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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